This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A Jacksonville correspondent calls attention to her Camellias in the open ground, the buds of which never fully expand but dry up while opening. While in New Orleans, recently, we saw the same in Camellias there growing in the open air. We might say in brief that the Camellia never did like heat, and therefore these climates are too hot for it. We might put the fact in other words, and say the evaporation from the petals is too great for their permanence. Even in glass culture it is found the Camellia does best-in a rather low temperature with a regularly moist atmosphere. Those who would grow Camellias in Florida or Louisiana, must plant them in the coolest spots possible, and where there is a regularly humid atmosphere.